Baseball preview: Big junior class will carry the load for Patrick Henry | local sports

HAMLER — With a big senior class coming out of last season, baseball’s Patrick Henry will need to find players this season who can replace their production in order to stay afloat in what’s shaping up to be a competitive NWOAL.

Much of the blame will fall on an eight-man junior class with many players who helped produce in college last season.

The team went 8-15, 2-5 NWOAL, finishing fifth in the conference with head coach Ray Greene, now entering his third season, in charge of the Patriots.

Throwing is their biggest strength this season because if they lose their top pitcher and NWOAL second team pick Gage Seemann (47 IP, 2.96 ERA, 45 SO, 18 BB) they will come back a few pitchers experienced.

Braden Hall (Jr.) had the second-most innings on the team last season as he pitched 33 innings with a 3.18 ERA, 31 strikeouts and 21 walks. Aiden Behrman (Jr.) is also returning and although he hasn’t gained as much experience as the others (12.2 innings, fifth on the team), he has gotten by with what he has gotten in the team’s lowest ERA (2.76) while hitting. on 20 and walking just seven. Mason Schwiebert (Jr., P/UT, 10 IP, 5.91 ERA, 8 SO, 13 BB) will also return to help round out pitching depth.

On the flat is where they will need to find the most replacements as Clayton Feehan, their second baseman and NWOAL first team pick after hitting a team best .382 while adding 10 RBI and also leading the team in runs scored (19) went to graduation.

The same goes for the second team, all NWOAL picks Seemann (.265 avg, 8 RBIs, 12 BBs) and Caleb Rosengarten (.347 avg, 14 RBIs, 15 Rs, 5 doubles, 2 trebles).

Behrman will not only be crucial on the mound for the Patriots this season, he’ll also be big at the plate as he had the team’s best returning batting average last season (.271, 7 RBI). Landon Johnson (So., OF) is the team’s best returning RBI player after making 11 runs last year in his first season.

Nash Meyer (So., IF, .235 avg, 10 RBIs, 10 R, 10 BB) and Logan Hudson (Jr., C, .250 avg, 7 RBIs, 12 R, 10 BB) will also be big in their quest to participate at the NWOAL.

“We’re looking to be competitive in the NWOAL,” said Greene, who is 16-30 in two seasons in charge of the Patriots. “We lost a lot of production from the seniors from last year, so we will be looking to the rising upper classes to replace that production.”

Patrick Henry will open his season on the road against Patrick Henry on Saturday, March 26. Their league opener is scheduled for Monday, April 11 at home against Liberty Center.

Kimberly B. Nguyen